Aleese Peterson-Cotton

Vice President, Private Client Advisor

Professional Profile

Aleese Peterson-Cotton is a Vice President and Private Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank in San Francisco, California. Aleese works closely with high-net-worth individuals and families to help optimize and manage their wealth. By identifying a client’s primary goals and needs, Aleese and her team coordinate local resources and the national capabilities of Bank of America Enterprise to help clients reach their objectives. She leads a team of Bank of America Private Bank specialists who work in concert to design and implement tailored financial strategies in trust and estate planning services, liquidity-event strategies, investment management, lending and philanthropy.

Aleese has worked in the financial services industry for more than 18 years. She worked for Bank of America – including nearly three years with Bank of America Private Bank (formerly U.S. Trust). Her initial 10 years with Bank of America was in consumer and small business banking, residential mortgage, and as a manager of Preferred banking centers throughout San Diego County. Prior to rejoining the Private Bank in 2022, she served as an Advisor and a Director for two Registered Investment Advisors in the Bay Area. This helped give her additional experience and insights into the unique wealth management needs of high-net-worth individuals and families, particularly in the areas of investment management and real estate finance.

Originally from Northern California, Aleese attended Cal Poly-Humboldt and later, University of Phoenix in San Diego, California. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business finance, and has continued to take financial planning courses through U.C.-Berkeley Extension.

Fascinated by financial technology, and passionate about teaching financial literacy, Aleese also applies her leaderships skills to helping Bay Area communities through financial empowerment programs and volunteerism. She has served critical needs organizations, such as Feeding America and Rescue Missions, in various capacities since 2004.

Aleese currently resides in San Francisco and enjoys traveling as much as possible.

Our Team

Our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personal experience.

Note: These team members are a shared resource, involved in your wealth management plan as appropriate and are subject to change

Robert Wallace

Wealth Strategies Advisor


John Hamer

Portfolio Manager


Alex M Brantley

Portfolio Manager


Kristin M Boettger

Private Client Manager


Daun L Stallons

Senior Trust Officer


Key Contacts

Reginalyn (Regina) Samson Wei

Private Bank Senior Associate


Chris Bernardo

Private Bank Associate


Let's Have A Conversation

We take the time to listen and learn about you and your family before creating strategies that aim to meet your needs, goals and best interests now and in the future


For more than 200 years, Bank of America Private Bank has helped clients navigate the complex challenges of managing significant wealth. We draw on the Private Bank’s personalized approach, as well as the resources of Bank of America, to help individuals and families, businesses, and institutions achieve their financial objectives. Whether you’re looking to preserve and share wealth, build philanthropic legacies or plan for future growth, our commitment is to make your goals our priority.

At Bank of America Private Bank, we take pride in our history and in serving our clients’ best interests. We also value the continual pursuit of innovation in a constantly transforming world. We apply this perspective to help our clients anticipate and respond to evolving markets, changing environments and the growing complexities of the financial landscape. Mindful of the past, our focus is on providing today’s clients with disciplined financial strategies and a bridge across generations.